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Archive for May, 2009

A Time to Laugh – Genesis 21:1-7

This is the sermon from last Sunday at Hallelujah English Ministry.

Preaching Christ from the Old Testament

I plan (when I have more time) to post some more information on preaching Christ from the Old Testament.

I will start with this series of messages (and Q and A’s) of Keller and Edmund Clowney on Preaching Christ in a Postmodern world.  This is an excellent resource and can be downloaded for free for your iTunes.

Preaching Christ in a Postmodern World – RTS class with Ed Clowney (iTunes).

For other great resources from Keller click here.

Enjoy and learn!

Mohler on Abortion in USA

Al Mohler has again a couple of good comments on abortion.  The following is the conclusion of this post:

“The most ominous trend for the pro-choice movement is the increasingly pro-life character of younger Americans.  As some observers have pointed out, a generation that can see ultrasound images of themselves in their own baby books tends to see abortion for what it is — the killing of a child.”

Some very good points here.  We are the generation that can see much better the images of future babies and record these for posterity…

“Here is the great quandary for the pro-choice movement:  More than 35 years after Roe v. Wade, they find that abortion is anything but the “settled issue” that some abortion proponents were certain would be the fate of the abortion question soon after 1973.  To the contrary, the pro-choice movement is losing ground, not gaining.  The frustration of pro-choice leaders is starting to show.  They have little reason to be confident.

Abortion remains the greatest scandal confronting the American conscience.  Those of us who yearn for America to return to its senses on this issue can take hope, even as we have much to do.  Rebuilding a Culture of Life is no easy or quick task.  This is one of the greatest civilizational challenges faced by this generation.

America has an unsettled conscience about abortion.  We should be thankful for this fact, but not satisfied.

An unsettled conscience is far better than a conscience settled on the killing of unborn children.”

Indeed! Still – much remains to be done and prayed about!

Jerusalem, Hebrew, etc

I offer the following (from our friends at HebrewOnline) as a tribute to Jerusalem and as a small Hebrew lesson.

On May 12, 1968, the government of Israel proclaimed a new holiday – Jerusalem Day – to be celebrated on the 28th of Iyar, the Hebrew date on which the divided city of Jerusalem became united. This year Yom Yerushalayim falls on May 22nd 2009.

!יוֹם יְרוּשָׁלַיִם שָׂמֵחַ
Yom Yerushalayim Same’ax!
Happy Jerusalem Day!

As a background, during the 6-day war, Jordan joined Egypt and Syria and attacked Israel from the East. On the second day of the war, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) captured Mount Scopus (הַר הַצּוֹפִים, har hatsofim) and besieged the Old City. On the third day of the war, on June 7th 1967, the Paratroopers Brigade (חֲטִיבַת הַצַּנְחָנִים, xativat hatsanxanim), under the command of Colonel Motta Gur entered the Old City through the Lions’ Gate (שַׁעַר הָאֲרָיוֹת, sha’ar ha’arayot). At 10:00AM Motta Gur announced: “The Temple Mount is in our hands, Over!… All forces Cease Fire. Over!” (“!הַר הַבַּיִת בְּיָדֵינוּ, עֲבֹר!… כָּל הַכּוֹחוֹת חָדַל אֵשׁ. עֲבֹר”).

You can watch the entrance into the Old City and listen to the words of Motta Gur and Moshed Dayan here.


Hallelujah English Ministry – The New Website

Our new website is being set up.  You can find us now here.

Please let us know if you have any comments/suggestions, or if you would like to help out with the design etc.

The sermons (both audio and video) can be accessed by going to the SERMONS section.  We hope to be able to post some of the previous sermons too, but this will take some time.

Many blessings and grace to all the members of the congregation.

Pastor Chris

Mother of the Year – 2009

Well – better later than never.  Most of you probably know by now that my beloved wife won the 2009 Mother of the Year.

All I can say is, “It’s about time.”  She definitely deserves it for the hard work raising Isaiah, while also preparing for the coming of David in July.

For those of you who find it hard to believe (though I have no idea why) that my wife actually won this award, take a look at the clip below.  The evidence is overwhelming!

Mother of the Year 2009

Happy Mother’s day sweetheart!  In Korean – Happy Mother’s Day yobo!

Some Advice for PASTORS

There are some good preaching points floating out there on Youtube.  The following by Walter Brueggemann is one of the better ones:

It reminds me of the text in Acts 6, where the apostles made a firm decision to devote themselves to prayer and the ministry of the WORD!!!

As pastors and preachers, we certainly need to decide on our priorities.  As a rule, I tend to go with the advice of the apostles vs. that of the latest church growing seminar/book.   The rabbis provide a fine and sobering example too!

Who is your example?